WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Airport Authority (WAA) has announced that it will be increasing the Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) due to the decline in passengers during COVID-19.
It announced that starting on Sept. 1, 2020, the fee will be increased to $38 per passenger flying out of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. The current fee is $25 per passenger.
“It is expected to take several years for travel to return to previous volumes. Canadian airports need to continue operating in order to move critical goods, support essential travel, receive medical flights, and more, yet revenues are directly linked to ticket sales, air traffic and purchases of each traveller using the airport,” the WAA said in a statement.
The WAA said all air carriers that operate out of the airport apply the fee directly to passenger’s tickets and carriers keep six per cent of the fee as part of processing.
“AIF funds remaining, after submission of applicable (10%) lease costs to the Federal Government, are dedicated towards capital required to maintain critical infrastructure,” the statement said, adding that airport operating costs are not funded by AIF.
The fee does not apply to passengers who arrive in Winnipeg and continue their travels within four hours.
CTV News has reached out to the WAA for an additional comment on the changes.
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